Oskars on Burleigh

Oskars has been a Gold Coast institution for over thirty years. Beginning its life in Coolangatta, this iconic restaurant moved to Surfers Paradise before settling in its present location in Burleigh Heads overlooking the beach.

What a location it now boasts, overlooking the famous surf break and pearly white beach fringed with Norfolk Island palms!

Below us as we dine we see the Gold Coast at leisure. The dramas of everyday life are played out in a tableau before us. People relax, build sandcastles, squabble, lose car keys and kiss – all just another day in the life of the Gold Coast.

Owned for the past four and a half years by Melanie and Kieran Daly, the restaurant recently enjoyed a refurbishment, styling by Leesa J Interiors bringing fresh life to the establishment. The French Caribbean theming is brighter and cleaner than before, palms in gorgeous white planters bringing freshness to the glistening décor.

Tablecloths are also back, bringing a touch of class to special occasion dining, functions and weddings.

“People expect it,” Mel tells us. “We’ve also introduced chair covers on the stackable chairs, adding high bars outside to give more flexibility to different spaces. We can have a wedding ceremony on the deck or a cocktail party overlooking the water, while diners in another area celebrate a birthday.”

In the move to retain Oskars’ status as a ‘go to’ special occasion restaurant, Chef Daniel Watt (ex-head Chef of Byron Beach Café, Peppers, Otto Ristorante and IHG) came onboard in late 2016, embracing a modern Australian menu.

Gone are the popular deep-fried ‘Oskar’ prawns, their crunchy golden coating of shredded coconut and crushed macadamia dipped in fruity mayo so popular with regulars. In its place are King prawns with dill buttermilk and raw macadamia dressed in lemon thyme, furikake and fish jus.

“We’re no longer just about seafood,” Mel says. “The menu carries beef cheek and slow-cooked lamb as well. We’re open daily for lunch and dinner, not breakfast. We’ve decided to focus on what we do best.”

Well known for their excellent food, service and attention to detail, we accept an invitation to share the Tasting menu: 5 courses for $65pp or 7 courses for $75 per person.

Surprisingly, it’s not a ‘tasting’ version of the standard winter menu, but entirely different dishes bar one, the idea being to add variety to regulars’ dining.

As we enjoy a glass of Moet ice, the procession of dishes comes to the table, one by one:

Asian-inspired dumplings, filled with a mix of red and white fish with water chestnuts. The dumplings are tender and juicy, the taste shadowed by a bold fermented chilli and dark soy sauce.

Mussels are presented in a smoked garlic soured cream with kim chi and just a hint of chilli. It’s a delicious dish, our pick of the tasting dishes, and the only one on the regular menu.

Small grilled Tasmanian scallops well-done on a bed of pancetta, gruyère and cauliflower purée.

Swordfish roasted in bonito butter piled high with a pomegranate and caper sauce. The ‘Fish of the day’, the texture of this fish is unexpectedly soft and mealy rather than firm and meaty, the sauce the taste feature.

Heading into the more substantial end of the menu, Pork belly is next, several hearty pieces served plainly with brown pickled date mustard and jus.

Another pork dish, hand-rolled strozzapreti pasta follows, the most filling of the tasting dishes, served in traditional Calabrese style with pork ragu and salsa verde.

Dessert, labelled ‘Peanut butter & popcorn’ is a rather disparate assemblage of caramelly peanut butter cream in a tart shell dotted with raspberries and hatted with caramel popcorn.

Looking out over the gorgeous vista in late afternoon as the sun is setting, we realise that this is arguably the best located restaurant on the Gold Coast, its views unrivalled.

While the tasting menu has showed strong evidence of technique and interesting ingredients, its intention (both in each dish and in the progression of dishes) has been less obvious.

What I long for instead is an impeccably cooked piece of seafood, presented dripping from the sea with few trimmings, the fish the hero. To me, that would be perfection.

43 Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads Ph: 07 5576 3722

Open: Mon – Sun 12 noon – 2.30pm, 6pm – 8.30pm

NOTE: Good Food Gold Coast dined as a guest of Oskars.

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